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Honey Flapjacks with Fig & Almonds + A Scilly Trip

Fig, Almond and Honey Flapjacks.

This is more of a Scilly post than a flapjack one. But scroll down to the bottom of the post and you’ll find the recipe for some very scrumptious fig, almond and honey flapjacks with optional chocolate chips. Meanwhile, if you’ve never thought of heading off to the Isles of Scilly, this post might just make you change your mind.

The Isles of Scilly

This year, for our annual holiday, we took a celebratory trip to the Isles of Scilly. It was utterly and completely glorious. We were hoping for some good walking, a bit of pampering and relaxation and lots of delicious food in a quiet and beautiful location. And this exactly what we got. The weather wasn’t too bad either. We only had three days of drizzle and mists and the rest of our week was near unbroken sunshine – not bad for this part of the world.

View from Samson Hill Cottage
Cromwell’s Castle, Tresco
Rocky islet, Bryher
Our last night

Update: A few years later I spent a little time on St Mary, the largest of the Islands. Here’s the post that tells you all about it: The Scintillating Isles of Scilly.

Bryer

We’ve been promising ourselves a trip to the Scilly Isles for years. I went to Bryher on a school camping trip when I was twelve and fell in love with the island then. I’d never been back and CT had never been at all, despite all the botanical delights to be seen there. If it hadn’t been for Issy of Clotted Cream Diaries, I very much doubt we’d have made it this year either. Issy is Scillonian born and this year left her life here on the mainland to go home and set up an eco B&B. And guess what? It just happened to be on the island of Bryher. What with significant birthdays to celebrate and total exhaustion to alleviate, the call was just too strong.

One of many roadside stalls with honesty box, St Agnes
Pizza at Samson Hill. One of the reasons we didn't really need our honey flapjacks.
Get your pizzas here

The Scilly Isles are made up of many islands, but only five of them are inhabited. Bryher is the smallest, but also the least developed with a particularly wild moorland quality, which made me feel right at home. We managed to visit all five islands whilst we were there and although Bryher remains my favourite, we were both taken with St Martin’s and St Agnes as well. One of the great delights was the virtual absence of motorised road traffic. What bliss! We found the Scilly Isles in general to be very laid back and the people friendly. It was like stepping back in time and reminded us of our six months spent in New Zealand back in the 90s.

Scilly rock art on Bryher
Weather forecasting on St Agnes
Boys and their toys! Tresco
Gaia, Tresco Abbey Gardens
Last resting place of Harold Wilson, St Mary’s

Samson Hill Cottage is the last dwelling on the sheltered side of the island, so it was wonderfully quiet and secluded. It overlooks Tresco, so we had a stunning view of the oftentimes turquoise waters.

Scilly Food

On the day of our arrival, we were welcomed with a huge cream tea, which we scoffed in the garden. This included local clotted cream and jam along with a pile of scones made by Issy. As well as a fabulous breakfast with more menu choices than I’ve ever seen and using as much local produce as possible, we also enjoyed three evening meals.

Each afternoon when we returned from our various outings, we’d find a piece of delicious homemade cake in our room. Goodness me, Issy’s double chocolate brownies were something else. In fact they were so good, I forgot to take a picture. In addition to the B&B, Issy and her husband Gareth also do two pizza nights a week from their wood fired pizza oven in the garden.

Despite our feeling of repleteness, we couldn’t resist a pizza on our last evening and we’re so glad we indulged. Oh, did I mention the fudge? On a couple of occasions, we had a packet of locally made fudge (which just happened to be made by Issy’s mum) left in our room. I think I can safely say, we were well catered for.

Sweetcorn fritters for breakfast - one of the reasons we didn't really need our honey flapjacks.
Sweetcorn Fritters, one of the many vegetarian breakfast options available
CT raring to get started on the Full Scillonian
Issy’s homemade pain au chocolat – what’s left of it anyway
Scilly pea soup with goat’s cheese & croutons
Couldn’t resist this cheeseboard with four Cornish cheeses – who needs dessert?
Not on the menu – Portuguese Man-of-war, all washed up with nowhere to go

As well as the chocolate brownies and pain au chocolat, we did have a couple of other chocolate indulgences whilst visiting the other islands. Sadly the chocolates, handmade on St Agnes, were not available on our visit. But luckily the island had chocolate ice-cream, made with Jersey and Ayrshire clotted cream. It was the best ice-cream I’ve had in a very long time – thick, creamy and rich. It worked really well with the, ahem, “bonus” scoop of rose geranium – a complete revelation.

Scilly Ice Cream - one of the reasons we didn't really need our honey flapjacks.
Troytown Farm Ice Cream
So with all that food, lunch and sometimes dinner was hardly a priority for us. Quite honestly, the fig, almond and honey flapjacks I made before I left were not really needed. They did, however, come in useful on the long boat trips to and from Scilly and allayed any possible hunger pangs that arose during the day whilst we were out walking. I think we’ve come back two stone heavier than when we left.

Honey Flapjacks with Fig, Almonds & Chocolate Chips

This honey flapjack recipe is a riff on a regular one I make with nuts and honey. Little chunks of chocolate are a nice addition, but they’re entirely optional. I find the chocolate adds a welcome bitter backnote amongst all the sweetness, but I’ll often make them without.

Sometimes, I’ll use golden syrup in my flapjack recipes, because I always have a tin of syrup in the cupboard. But I do like honey flapjacks and I reckon honey is a little healthier than syrup too. So, more often than not, I’ll use honey instead. The result is very satisfying.

The beauty of this flapjack recipe is that it’s so quick to make. You can have the thought, “I need honey flapjacks” and have them on your table within thirty minutes – though they might be a bit hot.

Nutty Chocolate Chip Honey Flapjacks

A couple of years ago, I was so inspired by my nutty honey flapjacks that I made them two days in succession. The first day I needed some energy bars to feed the workers who were helping us put a roof on our shed down at the field. The second day, we’d planned a picnic. The weather looked decidedly drizzly and we thought we might have to picnic in the car. Luckily, it all turned out right in the end and we enjoyed our honey flapjacks whilst watching the sun set over the sea.

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Thanks for visiting Tin and Thyme. If you make these fig and almond honey flapjacks, I’d love to hear how you got on in the comments below or via social media. Do share photos on social media too and use the hashtag #tinandthyme, so I can spot them.

For further flapjack inspiration, take a peek at some of the other flapjacks I’ve made.

Fig, Almond & Chocolate Chip Honey Flapjacks – The Recipe

Fig, Almond and Honey Flapjacks.
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Fig, Almond & Chocolate Chip Honey Flapjacks

These scrumptious flapjacks with honey, figs, almonds and optional chocolate chips are super quick to make. They're also perfect for picnics, lunchboxes and an energy boost whenever its needed.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: almonds, chocolate, figs, flapjacks, honey, oats, quick
Servings: 12 flapjacks

Ingredients

  • 125 g (5oz) unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp runny honey (I used Cornish honey)
  • 75 g (2½ oz) demerara sugar
  • 280 g (8 oz) rolled oats
  • 50 g (2oz) dried figs - chopped
  • 50 g (2oz) almonds - chopped
  • 25 g (1oz) 70% dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds (for sprinkling)

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a large pan with the honey. Stir in the sugar.
  • Stir in the oats followed by the figs, almonds and chocolate chips until everything is well mixed.
  • Press into a 9 x 7 inch tin and scatter with the sesame seeds. Bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 20 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin, then cut into 12 rectangles.

Notes

Use gluten-free oats to make these entirely gluten free.
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24 Comments

  1. Kath

    12th September 2012 at 8:41 am

    Oh Choc, what a lovely holiday. I would love to go to the Scilly Isles and Issy’s place sounds wonderful with all that delicious food. I love that picture of CT wanting to tuck into his bacon (making the most of the rare occasion, presumably).

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  2. manu

    12th September 2012 at 8:52 am

    beautiful pics!!
    Seems like you had a great time…

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  3. laura@howtocookgoodfood

    12th September 2012 at 9:29 am

    Being a keen gardener, I am dying to get over the the Scilly Isles and it was on our list of places to go a few years ago before kids. We never did make it, but you have made me want to go now. I knew it would be good and I love how quiet and relaxed it must be without traffic to disturb you.
    So much good food to enjoy, wow, what a treat. I bet it felt great to be spoiled and indulged, that is what holidays are for!
    I love your figgy flapjacks, packed full of flavour and texture from the nuts, chocolate and sesame seeds. A wonderful One Ingredient entry, thank you! xx

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  4. Hannah

    12th September 2012 at 9:29 am

    Sounds like you had a really lovely time, your photos are gorgeous – especially the sunset!

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  5. Lauren

    12th September 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Those flapjacks look to die for! Looks like you had a fab time. Sweetcorn fritters, pain au chocolat, goats cheese…yummm!!

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  6. Curts Delectables

    12th September 2012 at 5:29 pm

    What a great read and post!

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  7. Alida

    12th September 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Looks beautiful, remote and natural. Def a place to visit. It must have been very relaxing. The food looks very nice as well!

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  8. Janice

    12th September 2012 at 8:46 pm

    It sounds like a brilliant holiday, so glad you got a rest and were able to relax and enjoy the local produce. I love figs too and have ordered some in my online shop this week.

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  9. Baking Addict

    12th September 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Looks like a fabulous holiday – will add it to my long list of places to go. Your pictures look so inviting, I wish I was there now! Great flapjacks too, they are so versatile.

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  10. Chele

    13th September 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Beautiful! I’m glad you had such a good time and Issy’s B&B meals look positively mouth watering. Great flapjack recipe too, I like the use of figs in a non traditional way ;0)

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  11. A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate

    13th September 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Lovely views and photos and smashing food, which is what makes a good holiday for me, if you put weight on it was worth it!

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  12. Charlotte Charlotte'sKitchenDiary

    13th September 2012 at 8:20 pm

    So nice to read about your break Choclette. I want to visit even more now. Glad to read you has such a jolly time and hope you had a good rest too! Love the sound of the flapjacks – they are bookmarked for when I have some time for “me” baking ; )

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  13. celia

    13th September 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I love it when you take us to the seaside, thanks Choc! And can you believe I still haven’t made flapjacks!! 🙂

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  14. rita cooks italian

    14th September 2012 at 12:52 am

    I really enjoyed this post about your holiday, beautiful pictures and a good description of Scilly (I’ve never visited…). Your flapjack looks sticky and delicious.

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  15. belleau kitchen

    14th September 2012 at 6:40 am

    What a glorious post and a wonderful looking holiday. I too have always fancied the Scilly isles and now I am just even more keen to go visit. Look at all that glorious food and wonderful art. Utter perfection!

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  16. thelittleloaf

    14th September 2012 at 8:24 am

    What an absolutely amazing sounding trip!

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  17. Jayne

    14th September 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Glorious photos! Great sounding flapjacks too!

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  18. At Anna's kitchen table

    14th September 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Choclette, what lovely photos!

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  19. Emily (@amummytoo)

    15th September 2012 at 10:17 am

    Oh MY! Those flapjacks look fab! Bookmarked.

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  20. Caroline

    15th September 2012 at 2:59 pm

    What beautiful pictures of your holiday – it sounds and looks as though you had a wonderful time and enjoyed some lovely food too. Those flapjacks look great – I love the way flapjacks are so easy to customise and so yum!

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  21. Johanna GGG

    16th September 2012 at 12:35 pm

    sounds a great holiday – did you come across information about an author in the early 20th century who took on Bryher as her pen name. I came across her in my studies at uni so this island stirred some memories. All the food sounds wonderful – great way to celebrate and unwind

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    • Choclette

      17th September 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Joahanna, I’ve not heard of this author which must now be immediately rectified. Thanks for alerting me, I shall do some searching.

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  22. Choclette

    17th September 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you all for your splendid and generous comments. I’m very much in catching up mode and am unlikely to be able to respond individually, but they are all very much appreciated.

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  23. franglaiskitchen.com

    5th October 2012 at 10:20 pm

    wow Choclette this is a wonderful combination of many of my favourite ingredients – fig, chocolate, almond and honey. Who could resist. Scilly sounds really interesting. I would love to go – and your pictures and post make it wound wonderful

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